Day 10: Gokyo Day Hike
Route: Gokyo Day Hike(4693 meters)
Distance: 15 km (estimated)
Total Distance: 58.68 km
Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Because we shot up so fast, Steve and I have an extra day to use. My initial response was to save it and leave Gokyo as soon as we can to take the Cho La Pass. We decided though, barring bad weather, Gokyo is the place to spend it on a day hike. Some very flat land runs up the valley to one of the most scenic points of the trip and you can cover large distances.
So, we hiked out to the 5th lake and it was spectacular. Unknowingly, we went along a rocky ridge right next to the glacier in stead of the straight, flat valley. So we spent much more time than needed to get out there.
The trail followed one of the biggest glaciers in the world, Ngozumpa, and is composed of loose gravel and larger rocks of various size. A loud yell would produce audible loud cracks and dislodge rubble into the vast chasm.
I sat for a long time looking out at the impressive peaks, including Mount Everest (in the pic above, third from right), did some filming, and generally sat in wonder. Several 6,000 meter and higher peaks made a semi-circle in front of me. Probably the best view of my life.
We ended the sake with some warm foods and chess.
Note: Route times, elevations, and distances covered above are as measured by my GPS. Some measurements are estimated, that is I didn’t use the GPS that day, and will be noted as such.